Florida fell two places to No. 15 in the newly released AP poll and three spots to No. 16 in the latest USA Today coaches’ poll. UF slipped slightly after losing to Florida State last night in Tallahassee. The Gators were previously No. 13 in both polls. Defeating the Gators bumped the Seminoles up three spots to No. 12 in the AP poll and two places to No. 12 in the coaches’ poll.
Of course, the AP and coaches’ polls are not the ones that really matter now, as the College Football Playoff Committee has started releasing their own weekly rankings. Those come out on Tuesday evenings. The Gators checked in at No. 11 in the first edition, fell out after their loss to Arkansas, re-entered the rankings at No. 23 after the South Carolina win, and climbed back up to No. 15 last week after defeating LSU.
The Gators are again the only SEC East team in either rankings. After making an appearance again last week, Tennessee falls out of the polls after their loss to Vanderbilt. Elsewhere in the SEC, Alabama remains undefeated and top-ranked. Auburn drops two places to No. 18 in the AP poll and three spots to No. 19 in the coaches’ poll after losing their fourth game. The Tigers fell to the aforementioned Crimson Tide. Texas A&M joins the Volunteers in dropping out of the polls. The Aggies lost to LSU on Thanksgiving Day. Those Tigers from Baton Rouge move back into the coaches poll at No. 21 and up four places in the AP poll to No. 21.
The make-up of the polls looks largely as it has been, with undefeated Alabama leading the way for a few one-loss teams, followed by a smattering of teams with two, three, or four losses (and undefeated Western Michigan stuffed in the middle). The Gators are actually the second highest ranked SEC team. Alabama has had a season-long stranglehold on the top spot. Besides the Tide, just Florida, Auburn, and LSU will finish the regular season as ranked SEC teams, and all have at least three losses. Florida will face No. 1 Alabama this coming weekend in the SEC Championship Game.